Schedule a meeting to discuss your project, ask questions and learn more about the Hamilton County review process prior to submitting your plans.
Schedule a Pre-submittal Meeting with Planning and Development Department staff (including Bob Sheets). Local Fire can be requested. Contact Building and Inspections to schedule a meeting at (513) 946-4550.
Schedule a Predevelopment Meeting with Planning and Development Staff (flood, storm water, permitting, building, county zoning), as well as all other jurisdiction review agencies (sewer, water, health, engineering, local zoning, local fire department, soils) Contact the Development Services Facilitator at (513) 946-4440 to schedule a predevelopment meeting.
Contact a building plans examiner by phone at (513) 946-4550 extension 1 or in person for questions about code specific issues on building plans.
Contact a permit specialist by phone at (513) 946-4550 extension 1 or in person for questions about the overall building permitting process.
Most building permits require a zoning approval before they can be accepted at the Permit Counter. An approval must be issued by the authorized zoning jurisdiction and submitted with the building permit application.
The Hamilton County Planning and Development issues Zoning Permits for properties located in Columbia Township, Harrison Township, Green Township (except Northeastern), Miami Township, Symmes Township and the Village of North Bend. HCP&D can usually review and approve your plans at the counter. Please contact the Zoning to discuss at (513) 946-4550 Ext. 3.
Projects located in any municipalities (except Village of North Bend ) or the following Township (Anderson, Colerain, Crosby, Delhi, Northeastern Green, Springfield, and Sycamore) will need to obtain zoning approval from the respective jurisdiction.
Property located in Whitewater Township and northwestern Miami Township do not have zoning and therefore do not require approval.
Site plans are required to be submitted with building permit applications for new buildings or structures (including retaining walls, decks and swimming pools), and additions there to. Check here to find out site plan requirements and if you need a registered survey.
When a Professional Survey is required, the survey cannot be more than 180 days old on the date of application. Properties with easement, right-of-way or facility of a public utility always require a registered survey to determine that there are no encroachments, see HCBC Section HC.A106.8.6 for specific requirements.
Pre-submission review and permits
Applicant may be able to obtain an Earthworks Movement Permit from the Soil And Water Conservation District prior to receiving a building permit. Plans must conform to the Earthwork Rules and Regulations including storm water prevention and geotechnical requirements. Please contact Bob Sheet at (513) 946-4756.
Projects over 1 acre will require an NPDES Permit NOI. Additionally all 401 and 404 permits should be in place. Earth Work Form
Flood/Stormwater Site Plan Review/Approval – Applicants are encouraged to submit individual storm water site plans for review and preliminary comment prior to building permit submittal. Submit to Stormwater and Infrastructure Division of the Planning and Development Department which will review for compliance with the Hamilton County Stormwater Drainage Systems (SDS) Rules and Regulations. Plans will also be reviewed by the floodplain manager for compliance with the Flood Damage Prevention Regulations. Most building permits are routed directly to stormwater and flood review before the building plan is reviewed. Pre-building permit submittal will help ensure there are no delays before the building plan examiner reviews the building permit. Application
Sewer and Water Availability Capacity – Applicants are suggested to contact the local water and sanitary sewer agencies to verify sewer and water availability and capacity. Preliminary application for water availability (Greater Cincinnati Water Works Application ) and sewer availability (Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati Application ).
Verification of 100-year Floodplain – Applicants are required to confirm if there proposed development is located in the 100-year floodplain by having a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) review. Contact Greg Smorey, Certified Floodplain Manager at (513) 946-4760.
Applicants with large projects are recommended to contact Eric Beck, (513) 946-8430, at the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office to discuss Access Management issues.